Author Archive: Roy Zwahlen

Roy Zwahlen

Roy is Associate Counsel at BIO and the main contributor for Patently Biotech. He is a lawyer by training, with a background in international and national politics. He grew up in the developing world and believes that innovation can and does solve many of the world’s problems. Because of this, his work focuses on creating a worldwide policy environment that fosters innovation in the biotechnology sector to prevent and cure diseases such as HIV, to increase crop yields to feed more people, and to decrease the harmful effects of industry on the environment. Roy spends his free time keeping up with his three kids, a wife that knows everything (no joke), and serving in his church and broader community. Learn more about Roy from his Linkedin Profile.

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BIO IP News Weekly for June 19, 2009

This week I include a Nature Biotechnology article on scientific communications, a BBC article on river blindness, and a Heritage Foundation essay on patents.

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White House Picks Kappos to Lead USPTO

Yesterday the White House nominated David J. Kappos for Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and as the Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). BIO released its commendation on the nomination today.

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BIO to USA Today: Patents Promote Innovation

Public debate over access to, and use of, genetic technology is a good thing. It requires the consideration of many factors, including coverage and cost, concerns over genetic discrimination and myriad regulatory issues.

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Patent Docs: Falsehoods, Distortions and Outright Lies in the Gene Patenting Debate

Patent Docs blog reviewed the most repeated criticisms of the patenting of genetic materials, providing a critical hand to assist non-technical observers of the debate currently swirling around in legal, scientific, and academic circles.

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Patenting Genes: NPR Talks IP with BIO

Today, June 4, 2009 at 1:00 PM ET DC’s WAMU Radio Station (88.5 FM) or at  http://wamu.org/programs/kn/09/06/04.php#26424 The genetic material in our cells make us who we are. But since 1982, the U.S. Patent Office has issued tens of thousands of patents to private companies for gene-related products. The biotechnology industry says these patents are necessary to spur innovation. Opponents say they actually stifle science. We examine the intersection of cutting-edge genetic research and intellectual Read More >

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